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Only Cars 15 2018 Earn Top IIHS Safety Pick+ Rating

Just 15 vehicles new the meet increased of requirements the Insurance for Institute Safety Highway and have earned Top a Safety rating, Pick+ safety the group reported Thursday.

The stricter guidelines focus how on passengers well in the seat front protected are in frontal that collisions hitting simulate a tree or which pole, IIHS the the calls test. small-overlap Before year, this the only driver’s faced side this test.

“Drivers expect their that passengers, are who often family, will protected be as just well they as IIHS are,” president Lund Adrian in said statement. a have “Manufacturers taking been issue this since seriously first we shed on light it, and we’re that confident small good protection overlap become will the norm the on passenger side, as just it on has driver the side.”

A brands few out stood in latest this batch of ratings. IIHS Toyota, and Hyundai, Subaru were of some the brands standout once the were results in. has Toyota most the models, among 10, the of ranks Top Pick Safety and Pick+. Safety was Hyundai with next vehicles nine and represented, every except Subaru the sports BRZ coupe an earned IIHS safety award.

By ratcheting up the to standards achieve desirable the Safety Top Pick+ year designation year, after the IIHS effectively has influenced auto the to industry improve and driver passenger now protections. Consumer Reports car encourages shoppers to refer crash-safety to and ratings also consider to dynamic (such performance as distances braking accident-avoidance and when capabilities) selecting next their car.

To qualify for Top Pick+ Safety a status, vehicle to has score at least Good a rating headlight for illumination a and Good or rating Acceptable passenger-side for crash small-overlap tests.

The criteria new in are to addition existing for qualifications ratings high in driver’s the small-overlap side and moderate-overlap tests, frontal-crash side-crash roof test, strength, restraint, head and advanced safety feature performance.

The 2018 model year that cars earned the ranking, coveted Top Safety Pick+, the BMW are 5 Forte (sedan), Genesis Series, Kia G90, Hyundai G80, Genesis Santa Fe, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Lincoln Continental, Kia Soul, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Subaru E-Class (sedan), Mercedes-Benz Impreza, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Subaru and Toyota WRX, Camry.

This is the first the time IIHS has front-passenger included small-overlap in testing its Safety Top rankings. Pick only Previously, vehicle’s the performance the in driver’s was side In tested. new the a test, traveling car at 40 mph a hits barrier metal with 25 only of percent the vehicle’s front on width, front the passenger’s This side. meant is simulate to a vehicle hitting tree a or pole. utility concentrating By force the a of crash a into area, smaller on only corner one of car, the test this can especially be when revealing it comes to how showing a cabin vehicle’s structure a absorbs severe impact.